Sunday 20 May 2018

Thomas Molloy: Radical change is possible if FG has the stomach

WHILE Fine Gael's pledge to save around €9bn by cutting 30,000 jobs from the public sector over the next five years has the potential to make a significant dent in the State's borrowing, it is likely to present some practical difficulties and end up costing rather more than the party appears to believe.

The practical difficulties are perhaps the most obvious: Fine Gael staunchly maintains it can achieve the cuts without compulsory redundancies as civil servants retire and others take a package.

But it is still too early to know whether the longest recession in the State's history has sapped the willingness of ordinary public sector workers to strike out on their own.

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